How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

You’ve most likely started getting your wardrobe ready for the upcoming winter months. Similarly, your car could use some changes that are vital to keeping it in the proper working condition for the season.

Keeping your vehicle in the best shape for winter is key for your safety. Investing in the proper care can prevent an accident and breakdown, while also saving you hundreds and even thousands for future repairs you shouldn’t have to stress about.

Here’s the top three most important things to watch for to have your vehicle winter proof.

  1. Tires

Having the proper threading on your tires is important. Thin and rugged tires are dangerous specially in the winter. With inadequate tires the rain can create your vehicle to slip, skid, and cause you to lose control. This often leads to unfortunate accidents.

We are here to help you avoid that and ensure your tires are safe for the season. If you think your tires are still in good condition, consider a tire rotation. This will ensure that your best tires are switched to the back for better traction. Getting a tire rotation will also let you know if any of your tires need replacement. Following rotation, having your tires aligned is recommended to enhance the performance and life of your tires. If you think your tires are in an ok to bad condition, our technicians can help you with an inspection and offer you the best deal when buying a new set of tires.

2. Batteries

It’s important that you have a healthy battery to rely on. Signs of an old battery include a slow engine start, low battery fluid, and battery leak. During winter, batteries also tend to die due to extra strain put on by the cold temperatures. If you are unsure about your vehicle’s battery condition, you might want to consider getting yours inspected by our professional technicians. We will recommend replacement if needed.

3. Brakes

Winter puts an extra strain on your brakes due to the rain. This can lead to rusting and the need for replacement. If your brakes are making a strange noise, it’s likely that rain will worsen the condition. Even if you don’t notice the need for new brakes now, it’s likely your brakes don’t stop like new. This isn’t a concern during normal driving conditions, but it can make a difference during a forced or unexpected stop under bad weather conditions. This creates a risk for accidents. We can help you inspect the condition of your brakes and recommend replacement if needed.